I hate to start a week of posting on a negative note, but it seems the inauthentic Herr der Ringe von Howard Shore in Concert are once again beginning to make the rounds. For the unacquainted, these are concerts that have been organized without the participation or consent of New Line, Warner Brothers or Howard Shore. Shore's music was taken down (inaccurately) by ear by an arranger, who has decided to incorporate his own additions in order to "improve" the composer's music. It is as if a student painter decided to re-paint Picasso's Guernica adding dabs of color and smiling faces to make up for the creator's shortcomings.
Nothing about these concerts is designed to honor the music or its creators.
Please help spread the word. The concerts listed here do not feature the music that we care about so deeply.
The following is excerpted from a piece theonering.net is running as part 3 of a transcribed talk Guillermo Del Toro gave at the New Yorker Festival. I thought the below would likely interest this blog's readership:
Anthony: Some of the work which has begun, I understand Howard Shore is actually already at work on the music - is that correct?
Guillermo: Yeah. Yeah. That’s right.
Anthony: And how …
Guillermo: … I’m meeting with him tomorrow.
Andrew: Oh, OK. And is that you’re first?
Guillermo: Ah, no. I met him before. And I’ve admired him for even longer. But, my feeling is one of the most fortunate things that he’s back because if you have to single out the most important pieces of continuing that Universe, he certainly is one.
Anthony: Absolutely. So thus far what are your conversations with him like? I mean down to Do you feed him pages? Or are you..
Guillermo: No I think the best way to go about this is to keep the pages to ourselves and just allow people to come from different places – where it be designers, you know. We have conversations – I’ve had a great couple of conversations with John Howe and Alan Lee. And John has been feeding me reactions – reaction sketches to those conversations. And I try not to react to those sketches yet. I try to allow him to feel he’s free to try anything he wants; ‘cause then you are surprised. The same thing is with Howard. I think the parameters are pretty clear. And that is it has to belong to the same Universe, and the music of the three movies – so.
FYI: Tickets for the April, 2009 London Philharmonic performance of The Fellowship of the Ring performed live to picture will go on sale this Friday, October 17 at the LPO's official website. Look lively!
Spent an amazing weekend in Boston. If you've not been on the Ongoing Discussion page lately, you may wish to stop by. The book made a sneak preview appearance on the East Coast, and some very kind readers have been generous enough to post their reactions. Click here to see what they had to say. Perhaps they'll even answer a question or two!
Thanks so very much to those who spent their time with me this weekend. Your company was treasured!
Those in the Dallas, Texas area may with to attend the following:
AN EVENING OF MUSIC WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS AND THE DSO
Spend an evening with Anthony Hopkins in the world premiere performance of his original compositions, along with musical highlights and video clips from his illustrious film career, including Silence of the Lambs and Remains of the Day, as well as premieres of his original compositions including August, Slipstream and The Masque of Time, performed live by the Dallas Symphony and introduced by Anthony Hopkins.
Sounds like a fun affair! See additional details here.
Incidentally, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has just hired a new president named Doug Adams. It's not me!
I've just updated the blog's FAQ to keep it up to date with recent developments. If you have a spare moment, please run your eyes over it and see if I'm leaving anything out. I obviously can't hit everything, but I'd like to make sure I've addressed all the big/recurrent questions.
The new FAQ is here... or available via the menu buttons at right. Thanks!
The Riddles Unraveled thread ended up generating more discussion than last month's Ongoing Discussion thread. In order to keep the conversation easily accessible, I'm porting it over here. Immediately below are the last handful of posts from Riddles. New postings will appear below that.
Oh, and when you're done picking over the bones of this demanding conversation, why not treat yourself to a hot, refreshing cup of coffee from a Music of the LOTR Films mug! Wow, that's the most shill-like sentence I've penned in a long time! :)
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